The Toy Dolls

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Toy Dolls are an English punk rock band formed in 1979. Departing from the angry lyrics and music often associated with punk rock, The Toy Dolls worked within the aesthetics of punk to express a sense of fun, with songs such as "Yul Brynner Was a Skinhead", "My Girlfriend's Dad's a Vicar" and "James Bond Lives Down Our Street". There is often alliteration in their song titles (e.g. "Peter Practice's Practice Place", "Fisticuffs in Frederick Street", "Neville Is a Nerd"). They are probably best known however for their sole UK hit, a punk-rock cover of "Nellie the Elephant".

Their albums usually include a cover version of a well-known hit song, usually sped up to the usual punk rock tempo. Covers have included: "Blue Suede Shoes", "Toccata in Dm", "No Particular Place to Go", "Sabre Dance", "Livin' La Vida Loca", "Lazy Sunday Afternoon", "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles), She's So Modern and "The Final Countdown". They have also recorded parodies of popular songs, such as "The Kids in Tyne and Wear (Kids in America)" and "The Devil Went Down to Scunthorpe (The Devil Went Down to Georgia)". Their albums often start with a short intro with a catchy guitar riff, and end with an outro, which is usually a slightly longer variation of the intro riff. Kazoos are also prominent in many of their songs.

Most of the band members have nicknames, and are rarely seen without their cartoonish rectangular sunglasses (although they appeared bare-eyed on the One More Megabyte album cover).

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 The Toy Dolls Album The Toy Dolls 1
1983 Dig That Groove Baby The Toy Dolls 5 4
1985 A Far Out Disc The Toy Dolls 4 5
1986 Idle Gossip The Toy Dolls 5
1987 Bare Faced Cheek The Toy Dolls 4
1989 Wakey Wakey! The Toy Dolls 3
1990 Fat Bob's Feet! The Toy Dolls 4
1993 Absurd-Ditties The Toy Dolls 6
1995 Orcastrated The Toy Dolls 4
1997 One More Megabyte The Toy Dolls 3
2000 Anniversary Anthems The Toy Dolls 2
2004 Our Last Album? The Toy Dolls 3
2012 The Album After the Last One The Toy Dolls 2
2015 Olgacoustic The Toy Dolls 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Singles 83/84 The Toy Dolls 2
1989 Ten Years of Toys The Toy Dolls 6
1992 The Collection The Toy Dolls 1
1996 The History 1979-1996 The Toy Dolls 1
1998 The History, Part II The Toy Dolls 1
1999 The Wonderful World of the Toy Dolls The Toy Dolls 1
2002 We're Mad! (The Anthology) The Toy Dolls 1
2002 Covered in Toy Dolls The Toy Dolls 1
2003 Dorkmania The Toy Dolls 1
2005 Cheerio and Toodlepip! The Complete Singles The Toy Dolls 2
The Best of the Toy Dolls The Toy Dolls 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Twenty Two Tunes Live From Tokyo The Toy Dolls 2
1999 On Stage in Stuttgart The Toy Dolls 1
2006 Treasured Tracks The Toy Dolls 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 Tommy Kowey's Car The Toy Dolls 1
1982 Everybody Jitterbug The Toy Dolls 1
1982 Nellie the Elephant The Toy Dolls 3
1983 Cheerio & Toodle'Pip The Toy Dolls 1
1985 James Bond (Lives Down Our Street) The Toy Dolls 2
1985 She Goes to Finos The Toy Dolls 1
1986 Geordie's Gone to Jail The Toy Dolls 2
1990 Turtle Crazy The Toy Dolls 2
1995 Lazy Sunday Afternoon Toy Dollz 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 The Toy Dolls EP The Toy Dolls 1

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